QB Guru discusses Willis and Patterson

QB Guru

The careers of Virginia Tech quarterbacks Ryan Willis and Quincy Patterson intersected long before they signed up to be Hokies.

For years, the duo separated by more than 500 miles shared the same quarterback coach, Jeff Christensen, who runs Throw It Deep training academy out Chicago. He continues to work with both as they compete alongside Hendon Hooker for Tech's starting QB job.

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"I see a guy that's hungry. He has big goals. He respects and appreciates [Virginia Tech head coach Justin] Fuente and [offensive coordinator Brad] Cornelsen immensely," Christensen said. "He appreciates the opportunity and wants to repay them by playing great. Everybody says they do, but a lot of time the work doesn't match the words. With him, he really does have a passion and he wants to be a great player."

This is really encouraging. I liked what I saw of him last year but was hesitant to jump on his bandwagon, I'm moving more in that direction. Are you ready to START JUMPING?

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I had to put my sunglasses on!

"Hey Bud, you wont have to hold the opponent to 17 points anymore."

It seems like the issue with Willis isn't making all the throws, its making better decisions. This is why Fu was screaming at him on the sideline during the ND game, because he was trying to play hero ball. If he can make better decisions(the article mentions the fumble in the ND game) then I think he can be really special.

He has to make better decisions so the staff will trust him and expand his options. SPOILER- this is a focus of one of my previews.

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Can't wait to read. I will be fascinated to see how Willis handles being the guy going into camp. A QB's psyche is important and it's definitely a different circumstance when you are the clear #1 and don't have to "prove yourself" vs. being the backup who becomes number 1 by default and you are playing for your future. I realize it's a competition, but let's be honest in that he is the clear QB1.

This could go both ways, but based on what I have heard about Willis' approach to the offseason I am cautiously optimistic. If he canprove he can be trusted early the expanded offense could make us significantly harder to defend and very exciting to watch on this side of the ball (captain obvious I know)

A QB's psyche is important and it's definitely a different circumstance when you are the clear #1 and don't have to "prove yourself" vs. being the backup who becomes number 1 by default and you are playing for your future. I realize it's a competition, but let's be honest in that he is the clear QB1.

Totally agree with this, and that's why I haven't been a fan of Fuente's decision to NOT declare Willis the starter. This is just my opinion, but I think you get more value from elevating Willis to the status of team leader than you do by making an almost certain starting QB "work" for the job.

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I want a QB that doesn't care if the coach anoints him or not because he knows it's his job because he is going to outwork everyone.

So do I, but that's not what I'm talking about. Tom Brady has worked as hard as anyone during the offseason his whole career, even with 100% job security. But he's able to inspire his teammates and command their respect because they know he's the unquestioned leader of the team.

Fuente not naming Willis the starter makes me wonder if he believes Willis needs the motivation. If that's the case, then it is what it is. But this is a team that is going to need more leadership than it had in 2018, and it would be great if you knew your senior returning starting QB was in charge.

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That's been Fuente's MO with QBs since he got here. He won't name a starter before the start of fall camp. I wonder if it's more just to keep all the QBs engaged and battling instead of naming a starter and the 2nd and 3rd guy knowing they don't have a shot. Keep in mind Hooker was in the transfer portal a few months back too, so I'm not surprised this is an "open competition."

So Tom only gets respect from his peers because Bill says so? No one respected him when Drew went down with an injury. Until the superbowl when Drew was healthy again and Bill named Tom the starter.

If Willis acted like the job was his he would be leading be cause that's what you expect from a RS SR QB. If he is waiting for Fuente to tell him he can lead then he's not the leader. If he puts in the effort to win the job, working with with the receivers on his own time that he sets up with them, if puts in the effort to work his hardest to motivate his teammates to hold them accountable the he will have the respect he will be a leader.

If you want a leader then waiting for a Coach to bestow it on some one will not get you the leader you want.

I'm with the royal Steve on this. I think Fuente 's lack of endorsement of RW undermines RW's position in the locker room. The players know who the best qb on the team is but I think the public endorsement by the coach has real value in terms of team chemistry and clarity.
One of the things I really like about my boss is I know he has my back. Its freeing to go out and do my job without having my status in jeopardy. I think the nature of big time college football is a competitive enough environment where trying to manufacture more competition by not declaring a starter is like pushing on a string.

Except Fuente's open competition is why Willis came here in the first place - if you read the article.

From his QB coach: "They aren't going to play favorites. They are going to honor the game of football by playing the best player. They aren't worried if a transfer wins the job or a walk-on."

He can't (nor should he) do it differently now that Willis is the front-runner to be the starter.

No one's psyche is hurt right now. Now if he pulls him after one bad quarter in the fall and is going back and forth between QBs, that's a different story.

You know the kid has heart watching him run through an official to save a pick 6 that he threw. I really hope it all clicks for him this year.

As Les Miles would say, "He has the chest for it."

That ref had it coming to him. Did you see the way he was dressed?

I think Willis in year 2 with the talent he has around him and a defense that'll be better will have a nice year

I think if we had Willis for all 4 or 5 years of his college career he would be outstanding for Fuente and company. But he got Kansas'd. Poor guy. I'm still expecting him to have a good year, but if Fu had him from day 1 and he would have been practicing in the same system for all these years, he would be something special for sure.

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I hear you but you think in this day and age a QB that's worth a damn would stay put for 4 years without starting?

Good article...

BUT - don't they have an editor at the Times?

Missing words and wrong words in the article is atrocious for a respectable newspaper.

Sorry, but get off my lawn!

this is a problem that has gotten significantly worse across news media since I've been alive, and I'm not even 30

21st century QBs Undefeated vs UVA:
MV7, MV5, LT3, Josh Jackson, Jerod Evans, Michael Brewer, Tyrod Taylor, Sean Glennon, and Grant Noel. That's right, UVA. You couldn't beat Grant Noel.

I'd be willing to bet most of it is from trying to cut costs. No one wants to pay for a newspaper anymore.

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But it's not just in newspapers, it's everywhere there's words, including the most recent book purchases I've made. It's gotten to the point where I've trained my brain to filter out noticing them

21st century QBs Undefeated vs UVA:
MV7, MV5, LT3, Josh Jackson, Jerod Evans, Michael Brewer, Tyrod Taylor, Sean Glennon, and Grant Noel. That's right, UVA. You couldn't beat Grant Noel.

I think a lot of it is due to the texting culture these days

I blame it on spell checker ... it passed ship it.

Spell checker is partly to blame, but it has little to do with the fragments and phrases masquerading as sentences and paragraphs, lack of punctuation and proper capitalization, overuse of acronyms, etc. in basic business correspondence.

Writing and editing have become lazy because lazy writing and editing have become acceptable to many.

i concur, Between the R-Times, 247 and anything from VOX, they are all badly written, poor grammar and misspelled words.

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Excuse me, sir, but you dropped your Oxford commas!

If you're reading the above post and thinking, "is this guy serious?!?," you can safely assume I'm not.

A respectable newspaper?

If Willis can run the RPO and throw to the middle of the field, the offense could explode this year.

THIS.. Willis is a pretty good ACC QB. His biggest improvement need is to read the "option" better on the RPO. Jackson was better at that, which is why he started, despite not having near the arm talent that Willis has. In CornFU's system, the inside option/veer sets up 80% of the plays. If the correct read is not made there most of the time, it throws everything off. Willis struggled mightily in second halves last year after DC's saw what we were trying to do on the RPO and forced him to make different reads by what they were doing. He will be better at that this year, but ACC teams know us well. It will be interesting. Kid is tough and can throw the ball.

I agree with this and Rockypere 77's comment about the short middle throws. If he can get the opposing D's to bring their LBs up, and hit the crosser in stride, this offense could really take off. That was something JJ did really well when the WRs caught the ball.

His biggest improvement need is to read the "option" better on the RPO.

Agree with you on need for improvement here, but the biggest improvement needs to be on situational awareness - knowing when to throw it away, when you can't take a sack, etc.

I think Willis has an awesome Deep throw to the outside, the last QB to throw that ball with that accuracy was Tyrod.

From seeing Willis in-person at the Cincy game and in the Spring game, he seems to have trouble with the short-middle of the field throws. Decision-making also needs improvement. When we were down, he was trying to force the ball to Damon Hazelton. We also need to have a better running game to support him, we can open up other areas for him if our running backs can show some improvement.

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